SusieCakes, the West Coast-based bakery which also has locations in Texas, has announced that founder and chief executive officer Susan “Susie” Sarich has been named to the prestigious Forbes 50 Over 50 List.
This second annual list celebrates and recognizes women entrepreneurs, investors, creators and more, spread across four categories. Sarich is one of the 50 women included in the Lifestyle category alongside star-studded entrepreneurs such as Tory Burch, Martha Stewart, Kris Jenner and Dolly Parton.
In 2006, at the age of 36, Sarich opened the first SusieCakes location in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Sarich drew on her childhood experiences of baking alongside her grandmothers and then later seeing the need for a business that would offer less strenuous hours for working parents in the hospitality industry.
The company continues to grow and earlier this year launched a national shipping program offering a few of its most popular cakes. The cakes, available through the bakery’s website, are made to order and shipped overnight via UPS. The cake is packaged in a special, fully recyclable box and wrapped in twine accompanied by a handwritten card.
Sarich has also received honors including EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the hospitality category in Greater Los Angeles, as well as the Junior League of Los Angeles Community Achievement Award. She is an alumna of Cornell University and Pi Beta Phi, sits on the board of the California Restaurant Association and is an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and the Junior League (AJLI).
“Being named to this list is an incredible honor. To be recognized next to some of the many women I admire most in this country is truly surreal,” says Sarich.